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CyberBullying: Prevent it before it happens!
 
What it is?
Teasing. Harassment. Insults. Threats. Mean Words. Lies. Rumours. Gossiping. All these words when combined become Bullying. Cyber Bullying- means threatening minors by the use of Internet via social media sites, messages, chat rooms and emails. Cyber Bullying is the torture inflicted upon a kid when they are constantly teased, humiliated and harassed through the means of Internet. According to a research in US, 1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have been the victims of cyber bullying.
 
With the rise of smartphones, laptops and kids being glued to Internet, Cyber-Bullying stays with the victims 24*7. Cyber-bully victims receive threatening emails, text messages and obnoxious comments on social networking sites. They are forced or at times tricked to reveal their private information like passwords, address or inappropriate pictures which spread to others. The worst scenario is when this information is stealthily used and the whole online presence of the victim is messed up.
 
Where is it happening??
According to a poll by a US agency, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 6 out of 10 kids are victimised on social media sites. 4 out of 10 kids tend to have been bullied on mobile phones and chat-rooms. The other forms of new media where they are bullied are e-mails, IMs and certain websites. In addition to the physical and verbal bullying that may take place at school, cyber-bullying has increased on social networking sites because of their huge popularity among kids –80 % of kids have presence on social sites. uKnowKids, a leading child safety company revealed that 97% middle school kids are bullied online and only 10 % kids open up in front of parents regarding the issue.
 
How do you know it is happening to your kids?
Kids who are bullied online experience anxiety, depression, loneliness, unhappiness, and poor sleep. They turn silent because they feel embarrassed about being bullied. Their self esteem and confidence significantly go down, pieces which becomes a hindrance to their studies. Therefore, bullying is a problem that, if left unattended, can become a significant hurdle in a child’s development. Even though it may not take place in person, the emotional and psychological effects of cyber-bullying are just as destructive.
 
Consider these symptoms if you suspect that your child is being bullied:
He/she doesn’t share much information about how the day at school went
He/she suffers from injuries very often and doesn’t give satisfactory replies about it
He/she turns completely silent and submissive in nature
He/she makes excuses to stay alone and doesn’t have friends in school
 
Remedies to prevent Cyber-Bullying:
Make sure your child is prepared to identify cyber bullying and knows how to deal with an incident should it occur.
Promote self-esteem and confidence.
Talk about it before it happens.
Practice parental monitoring.
Limit screen time.
Maximize your child's time with real-life friends and family members instead.
Watch their friends list.
Know what's going on at school.
Teach kids how to block and report cyber bullies.
Teach them to ignore cyber bullying.
 
Cyberoam NetGenie’s advanced age-wise parental controls help parents control and manage their kids’ online activities. For more information on how to keep your kids safe visit, www.netgenie.net for further information.
 
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